“To live is Christ” is to live by grace through faith unto good works. In that order. Any other way is not the life of Christ in us.
“To live is Christ” means that God’s glorious grace is living in us. It is not just an external principle to follow. It is a life to be received. It is everything. Our beginning, middle, and end. Our source and our goal. Our cause and our effect. We have received grace, that we might live from grace, to the praise of grace. God’s glorious grace.
“To live is Christ” means that God is for us, and nothing against us will stand. How do we know? Because Jesus died for us and we are raised to life in him. Full stop.
“To live is Christ” allows us to take a deeply honest look at our own wretchedness as law keepers and then place our hope in the one who will deliver us from the body of death.
“To live is Christ” is to trust in your position in grace alone. Your full forgiveness. Your freedom from the power and consequence of sin. Your resurrection unto eternal life. It is to rest in the freedom of his unconditional love. A resting that will bring true obedience as the impulse of his love.
“To live is Christ” is to continue to allow the law to reveal your abounding sin, and then to turn to the super-abounding grace of God in Christ. A grace that can never be stopped as it leads us through righteousness and into eternal life.